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  • Protects exposed skin areas against mosquitoes, chiggers, fleas, gnats and ticks
  • A little goes a long way so use sparingly—only 4 - 6 drops per application
  • Can be applied to shoes, socks and clothing for extra protection against chiggers and ticks; DEET should not damage cotton, wool or nylon
  • Do not apply to or near acetate, rayon, spandex or other synthetics; keep away from furniture, plastic, watch crystals, leather and painted or varnished surfaces
  • Contains Maxi-DEET® formula of 98.11% DEET with 1.89% other ingredients

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Best Use Backpacking, Camping, Hiking
Active Ingredient(s) DEET (98.11%)
Effective Duration Time Up to 10 hours
Volume 2.5 fluid ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works the best I use this when I go to Roatan to go SCUBA diving. I wake up in the morning and strip down and cover myself in it. Then I can walk to town on the beach and the mosquitos and sand flies do not bite me. Then I reapply it after I get out of the water from diving. Then I put it on again at night when I go out. If I miss a spot on my body, I will get a bite. This stuff really works in areas that have large amounts of mosquitos. Remember to put it on inside of elbows and behind the knees and on the face. You will be happy you did. Sometimes I worry about the use of such a strong chemical on my skin, but it is better than getting Malaria. I've used this for several years and I have no side affects.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong, effective, DEET! I've been using this product, and the REI-branded "Jungle Juice" for over 30 years. Nothing beats DEET for effectiveness and in the situations where you absolutely must use the strongest repellent, this is the one. In lesser situations, lower concentrations of DEET, such as that in the time-released Ultrathon, are excellent, too. With DEET, do your very best to keep it off your backpack, your plastic watch band, the plastic and rubber on your boots, etc... because it degrades them.
Date published: 2011-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Recommended for a trip to Costa Rica Had REPEL DEET free ready for a trip, we were taking B1 supplements before and during. Added the Jungle Juice just in case since we would be visiting rainforests, cloudforests and beaches. Online sources say 4-6 drops would be more than enough-- "a little goes a long way." I got bit, started stacking REPEL AND JUNGLE JUICE and still continued to get bit. Either I needed to be more liberal with the Jungle Juice or it just didn't work. Ended up with 20 bites-- to be fair, I have always been a tasty bite to the mosquitoes in Central America and various other locations in Asia and Europe.
Date published: 2016-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best! Moved from California to Arkansas in May 2010 ... fighting off the critters (ticks, chiggers, etc.) with all the other brands.... finally found my Jungle Juice lotion while unpacking... this stuff is amazing and works better than all the other stuff I've tried... Non-greasy, rubs in easily... put it on after every shower faithfully... I'm a happy camper now... will be ordering a supply!
Date published: 2010-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dilutes well with coconut oil My husband and I traveled last winter to Thailand and Cambodia with carry-on luggage. Airline restrictions on carry-on liquids meant that carrying a several-month supply of insect repellant was impossible – need that allowance for contact lens solutions, medication, etc. I took along an empty squeeze bottle, and bought plain, unscented coconut oil in the market for a couple of dollars. I added a little Jungle Juice, then coconut oil for about a 15% concentration, leaving room to adjust the concentration. My repurposed squeeze bottle originally held Boston contact lens solution, relabelled of course. As noted by others, some plastics will degrade in contact with DEET, so choose your squeeze bottle carefully. The screw-on caps on the Jungle Juice stayed put – much better for our needs than a spray pump. In Cambodia, there was an outbreak of Dengue Fever, plus the usual malaria risk, and I used this solution day and night. The mosquitoes stayed away, which is saying a lot because I usually get more than my share of bites. Plus the coconut oil left my skin feeling great, and there was no annoying added fragrance. The small container fit in my handbag and I reapplied as needed, every 4-5 hours. Just be aware that coconut oil solidifies at cooler temperatures. Also sprayed some of our clothing with Sawyer's permethrin – very effective for a few weeks. Wish that the concentrated soaking solution was still available, which would be less bulky for airline carry-on.
Date published: 2011-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This works! Used this in the High Uinta Wilderness in Utah and the mosquitos had just hatched. This stuff works! I found that one should be liberal in its use and application. I really liked that my skin did not feel oily, Jungle Juice is a lot like baby oil, feels oily at first but doesn't have an oily/greasy residue and I didn't smell like bug spray (like the rest of my group!). I also found that the Jungle Juice didn't repel the mosquitos, meaning there were still plenty buzzing around but it did repel them from landing and biting. I'd use this in combination with citronella - the citronella will keep them away, and then if that fails, the Jungle Juice will keep them from biting. I highly recommend this stuff - I have since bought more!
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Put to the test in Thailand Works well, used this for 2 weeks in Thailand and just got a few mosquito bites.Only warning: After about a week of use, myself and 2 other people who were religiously applying the DEET began to have very strange dreams. Apparently this isn't unusual. Within a day of not using the repellent we were back to normal.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from watch the bugs fly away... I love this product. Used it all summer long on various backpacking and camping trips, hiking, etc. We were being eaten the first nite on trip #1 (why didn't i use this right away? i can't answer that...) and the second night with this stuff on we could literally see the bugs bounce off the invisible shield created. Only gripe, this will eat at plastic so be careful not to touch any after application.
Date published: 2010-10-13
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is there an expiration date on the Jungle Juice?

Asked by: aafa
According to the the CSPA, DEET is generally considered stable and having an indefinite shelf life. There is no expiration date printed on Jungle Juice, and I have a bottle that is at least 5 years old that I still use effectively.
Answered by: Kagern
Date published: 2017-06-08

Is it possible to buy the item in Europe?

Asked by: Javier
Sawyer products can be shipped internationally. For more information on international orders, please use the following link:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-22

Which should I apply first - sunscreen, followed by the insect repellent? Or, the other way around?

Asked by: Adventurena
​Sawyer recommends applying sunscreen first.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-01

Is this best applied straight to the skin or mixed in with something? And the recommended application amount of 4-6 drops; what size of area would this cover? Just wondering to figure how much to buy for our trip for 10 days in Peru!

Asked by: Natalie F
This insect repellent works best when applied directly to the skin. 4-6 drops should cover all exposed areas of your body. However, some people find that they may need more than the recommended amount.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-21

I have read all these reviews on Jungle Juice working while camping or in Asia, but I was wondering if anyone knows how it works at the beach in area's where there are a lot of mangroves, mainly Florida, I'm allergic to No See Ums, worse then mosquitoes!

Asked by: JenniferP322
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